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Government Special Order ‘57 Chevy Discovered in Alaska

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a car parked on the side of a vehicle: Barnfind Hunters: Fairbanks Alaska

Barnfind Hunters: Fairbanks Alaska
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Tom Cotter continues his search of unique cars in Fairbanks, Alaska and discovers a Boss 302, ‘57 Chevy and a ‘47 Mercury Pickup

In this episode of Barn Find Hunter, Tom Cotter begins his journey using an old adage from fellow motoring journalist Peter Egan of Road & Track Magazine: If you want to look for old cars, go to a small airport, because the wings of an airplane leave lots of room to put cars underneath them.

True enough, Cotter finds some truly remarkable cars doing just that.

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The next vehicle on the list is even more intriguing, and possibly one of the only examples left of its kind. To the untrained eye, the Chevrolet 1957 Sedan looks very similar to a period Nomad or Wagon. Vinton bought the vehicle in 1975 for $500 to use as his daily when attending law school. The car has sat in Vinton's hangar for 12 years, but Cotter is assured that it runs and drives just as it did when new.


Its real name is the 'Window/Sedan Delivery'. With 99,000 miles on it, the history of the car is a real feast for the discerning enthusiast. These cars were special order to the Government, and bought to use as the equivalent of modern day panel vans for the Department of Agriculture. All of them were offered with the basic 235ci straight-six. Vinton plans to rebuild the car as stock, and we can’t wait to see the finished product.

The final treat in store for viewers is a 1970 Boss Mustang 302 with original paint. The Boss 302 was put into production as Ford needed to homologate a car for the Trans Am Series, and was a direct response to the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. The regulations for these cars included limiting the engines capacity to five liters. This particular car is actually available to purchase, with Cotter estimating its value at north of $60,000.

With his inaugural trip to Fairbanks still ongoing, Cotter pledges that there will be more discoveries in stock for viewers.

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